This book tells the story of Cheryl Strayed’s solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, from California to Washington. Interspersed with flashbacks to her troubled childhood and personal struggles, Strayed recounts the challenges – both physical and emotional – that she faced during her journey. Wrought with grief, pain and humor, Wild is a testament to one woman’s ability to push herself beyond her limits in order to find self-acceptance.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for anyone who appreciates a good travel and tourism read, as it tells the story of an epic solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. It also offers readers insights into one woman’s personal struggles, providing an emotional depth that makes the journey all the more captivating.
- The author’s honesty makes for a compelling read.
- The story is inspiring and motivational.
- The book includes anecdotes about the people and animals that Strayed encountered on her hike.
- Cheryl Strayed is frequently very emotional and overly descriptive, which can be tiresome.
- At times the author’s spiritual perspectives feel heavy-handed or preachy.
- The book drags in places and feels sloppily edited.
Learn more about the author
Cheryl Strayed is a fiction and nonfiction writer. She wrote the novel Torch, which was published in 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Her essays have been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Elle, Salon, Vogue and Mother Jones among other publications. In 2011 Oprah Winfrey chose Wild as her book club selection resulting in an international bestseller.
“An intoxicating, inspiring account of hiking the PCT.”
“Cheryl Strayed is a natural storyteller and does an amazing job describing her adventures on the Pacific Crest Trail”
“Terrific read! I could not put it down.”
“I could not put this book down. Not only is Cheryl an amazing writer, but her story of overcoming tragedy and addiction will inspire you.”